Personal Counselling

Why Choose LSA?

Counselling is a very private and personal choice to make. The decision to seek counselling usually occurs after some time spent in confusion, pain and unhappiness. You may feel intimidated and anxious to share your personal secrets and life difficulties. You need to feel some trust, safety and confidence in who you choose to speak with.

No problem is too small, too unusual or too embarrassing to bring to our Counsellors. With over 35 years of experience we have the skills to meet any counselling need. All of our LSA Counsellors are highly sensitive to, and respectful of the decision you are making. We welcome you to the path of addressing your life situation and learning to understand and to alter your patterns and achieve a happier, more fulfilling life.

What skills does LSA offer?

To assist you on this path LSA offer the most highly qualified and diverse team of Counsellors in Niagara. All of our counsellors are experienced Master Degree educated professionals who regularly update their learning and competence.

Our counselling team at LSA can provide expertise across a broad spectrum of counselling approaches, some of which are listed below:

  • Solution Focused
  • Cognitive Behavioural
  • Family Systems
  • Dialectical Behavioural
  • Reality Therapy
  • Mindfulness/meditation
  • Energy Psychology

With our breadth of training and experience, LSA can provide you with the precise combination of approaches that can best accommodate your needs.

These counselling skills are offered through the four major settings:

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Marital/Relationship
  • Group

What types of problems and concerns does LSA address?

Essentially we deal with whatever a client brings to us. We divide this into two broad categories:

Life Stage Issues and Specific Problem Issues.

LIFE STAGE

  • Childhood
  • Adolescence
  • Marriage/Family
  • Midlife
  • Empty Nest
  • Retirement

Each of these normal life stages is accompanied by specific challenges and difficulties. Our counsellors will assist you in navigating all of these challenges.

Please find below a partial list of the broad range of issues that people seek counselling for.

Our focus is your welfare. Whatever concerns you, concerns us.

  • Stress Management
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief/Loss/Bereavement
  • Addictions (alcohol, drugs, gambling, smoking, sex)
  • Parenting issues/concerns
  • Childhood issues
  • Self esteem
  • Adolescent issues/concerns
  • Assertiveness
  • Relationships
  • Abuse/Neglect- emotional and physical
  • Sexual abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexual concerns
  • Communications
  • Lifestyle choices
  • Behavioural issues
  • Marital discord
  • Separation/divorce
  • Adjustment issues
  • Physical illness, injury, disability
  • Work issues
  • Work life/Home life balance
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Burnout
  • Phobias
  • Financial concerns
  • OCD
  • Confidence
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
  • Trauma
  • Compassion Fatigue

In all counsellor discussions the content and your identity are entirely CONFIDENTIAL. No information is ever shared or revealed without your informed, written consent unless required by legislation.

Each of our counsellors belongs to Professional Organizations such as the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSW & SSW).

Through these organizations our counsellors obtain their Liability Insurance and are required to adhere to OCSW & SSW Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Below please find a number of self help Questionnaires and Self Assessment Tools.

These are not for diagnostic assessment, rather simply a guide to increased self-knowledge.

Please speak with your Family Physician or one of our counsellors regarding any questions or concerns you may have.